Kandahar was the Southern capital of Dost Mohammed's Kingdom. It was ruled by one of his brothers. However, when they heard that the British were approaching with a large expeditionary force, it was abandoned by its ruler who fled north. As there was no resistance expected, Sir John Keane and Macnaghten decided that it would be better if the Shah Shujah's forces liberated the city rather than the British. He entered it on April 25th without a shot being fired. There were curious crowds to see the entrance of their old King and Macnaghten felt vindicated by the warm reception.

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